Edgar Castillo

The speedy left back goes into detail about disappointment in Mexico and his first U.S. cap.

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WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF SOCCER?

I started playing soccer when I was four in New Mexico, and after that I just wanted to play soccer every day. At home I used to make a little ball out of tape and play around with my brothers.

WHO WAS YOUR SOCCER HERO GROWING UP?

Roberto Carlos.

DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE SUITING UP FOR THE U.S.

When was in Tigres, I got called up by Bob Bradley. Denmark was my first game, so I was very excited to get that cap. I got my first ball. Everybody signs the ball and gives it to you.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST ADMIRE IN A SOCCER PLAYER?

Speed.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST DISLIKE IN AN OPPONENT?

Dirtiness.

WHAT IS THE KEY TO YOUR SOCCER SUCCESS?

I thank God for each day and that I work here. I’ve been all over Mexico, a lot of clubs already, and I’m happy to be here. That’s pretty much it. I’m just happy to be here and play soccer every day.

WHAT IS ONE SOCCER SKILL YOU WANT TO IMPROVE?

Improve my left foot and get a little stronger.

WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR DEVELOPMENT?

My family.

WHO IS YOUR CLOSEST FRIEND IN THE GAME?

The ball.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SOCCER ACHIEVEMENT?

Being a professional player and being called up to the national team.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SOCCER DISAPPOINTMENT?

Not qualifying for the Olympics—with Mexico.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED FROM THE GAME?

Stay humble and have faith in yourself.

WHO ARE THE MOST TALENTED TEAMMATES YOU HAVE PLAYED ALONGSIDE?

[Landon] Donovan. At Santos, I played with Hachito Ludueña, who played at River. At America, I played with Pocho Insua.

WHO ARE THE TOUGHEST OPPONENTS YOU HAVE LINED UP AGAINST?

[Andres] Guardado. Sinha.

IF YOU WEREN'T A PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR A LIVING?

I wasn’t good at school. Probably working somewhere in New Mexico. Being with my dad or my mom, and with my friends.

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IN THE GAME?

Being humble and believing in God.

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